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SXSW Interactive 2013

Policy, Privacy and the Technology of Sex Work

Sexual commerce has a history of driving technological innovation: porn and early camera adoption, porn and VHS, porn and high-speed internet demand... While sexual media often fuels technological growth, the "oldest profession" is frequently in a position of either rapid adoption of -- or reaction to -- new technology.

Dodging law enforcement on one side and the very real risks of stalking, harassment, and outing on the other, modern sex workers are not just reacting to current tech trends but are strategically adopting new technology as a means to safeguard their anonymity, find new clients, and network with each other to advance the cause of sex workers' rights.

This session will cover how current policy affects sex workers' use of technology, how sex workers are using tech to preserve their privacy, and how sex workers, law enforcement, clients, and activists are interfacing with technology to change sex work as we know it.

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  1. How can sex workers (and their clients) maintain privacy while plying their trade?
  2. What technological solutions are currently in use by sex workers -- and where are there unmet needs?
  3. How does current US policy affect sex workers' use of technology?
  4. How is technology changing the marketplace of sexual commerce, both legal and illegal?
  5. What role is tech playing in the rising sex worker rights movement?



Sabrina Morgan, Sex Worker & Advocate; Sex & Kink Facilitator, SabrinaMorgan.com

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  • Tags: privacy, technology
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Community and Activism
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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